Two UK cities have been plunged into an unlikely rivalry over bids to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games after Durban was withdrawn as the host destination over concerns that South Africa could not afford to deliver the tournament. Liverpool and Birmingham are locked in a battle to prove to the government that they can be relied upon to prepare for 5,000 athletes and hundreds of thousands of visitors in record time. Both had already expressed interest in hosting in 2026, and just two months after the government confirmed it would bid for the 2022 games, the two cities had submitted their official applications to be the UK’s entry. “It was an opportunity too good to miss to be frank,” said Liverpool’s mayor, Joe Anderson. Earlier this week a 15-strong panel from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport visited Liverpool to assess its bid. The Liverpool Echo newspaper welcomed the judges with a front page letter urging them to chose the city. “Birmingham?” it read. “As the Capital of HS2, and so close to the gold-paved streets of London, they don’t need any further help.” The same panel will visit Birmingham next week, before taking their assessments back to… Read full this story
- London Aquatics Centre not in plan for 2022 Commonwealth Games
- Women's T20 confirmed for 2022 Commonwealth Games
- Commonwealth Games: More medals for women than men in Birmingham
- Klopp challenges Liverpool to 'stay greedy'
- Boycotting 2022 CWG is not the solution, says sports minister
- CWG 2022
- Liverpool cling on to beat Chelsea as winning streak continues
- We have to be greedy again, remarks Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp
- Liverpool could face Monterrey as Club World Cup draw is made
- Liverpool confirm signing of Dutch defender Sepp van den Berg
- Klopp: It's too early for contract talks with Liverpool
- Klopp to take a year off when he leaves Liverpool
Birmingham challenges Liverpool for 2022 Commonwealth Games have 295 words, post on www.theguardian.com at July 10, 2017. This is cached page on CHUTEU. If you want remove this page, please contact us.